Publisher of the World's Greatest Cartoonists since 1976.
Publisher of the World's Greatest Cartoonists
Fantagraphics Books has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. By the early 1980s, Fantagraphics found itself at the forefront of the burgeoning movement to establish comics as a medium as eloquent and expressive as the more established popular arts of film, literature, poetry, et al. Fantagraphics quickly established a reputation as an advocacy publisher that specialized in seeking out and publishing the kind of innovative work that traditional comics corporations who dealt almost exclusively in super-heroes and fantasy either didn’t know existed or wouldn’t touch: serious, dramatic, historical, journalistic, political, and satirical work by a new generation of alternative cartoonists as well as many artists who gained prominence as part of the seminal underground comix movement of the '60s. Fantagraphics has since gained an international reputation for its literate and audacious editorial standards and its exacting production values.
The work of artists such as R. Crumb, Peter Bagge, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Dan Clowes, Joe Sacco, Chris Ware, Carol Tyler and others has continued to gain commercial momentum and critical recognition over the last three decades by combining the social relevance of the previous generation of underground comix artists, attention to personal and psychologal veracity, and formal experimentation and innovation.
Fantagraphics’ authors have garnered more favorable press attention than any publisher’s in the history of the medium. Recent books alone have received significant, positive coverage in TIME, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and others. Fantagraphics was ranked among the top five most influential publishers in the history of comics in a recent poll by an industry trade newspaper; it was the only independent publisher on the lis
Fantagraphics publications have received numerous industry awards including Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, and Ignatz Awards.
Ghost World, Eightball, and other comics by Daniel Clowes; The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz; Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson; The Carl Barks Library; The Complete Crumb Comics and other works by Robert Crumb; Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace; Acme Novelty Library and other work by Chris Ware; The Comics Journal; Love and Rockets and other comics by the Hernandez Brothers; Palestine and other comics by Joe Sacco; Hate and other comics by Peter Bagge; Popeye; Prince Valiant; Black Hole and other comics by Charles Burns; comics and graphic novels by dozens more of the World's Greatest Cartoonists